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Be the voice of Ontario farmers

Application process for boards of directors of Ontario Conservation Authorities is open until February 18, 2022.

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The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) will be working with Ontario provincial Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks to ensure an agricultural voice is part of the province’s Conservation Authorities. Maybe that voice can be yours.

The provincial government is currently making appointments to the various boards of directors that govern Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities—and the OFA is happy the ministry is seeking adept representatives and advocates from within the farming community.

“Ontario’s farmers are stewards of the land, protecting the most important natural resources we have — arable land with healthy soils, fresh air and clean sources of water,” said Peggy Brekveld, President of the OFA. “The very nature of farming depends on it. That is why we farm with generations in mind. We want our grandchildren to feed your grandchildren. That is why it is important that we care for the land, water and air, and that’s why it’s important that we be at the table with the Conservation Authorities.”

The ministry said it is actively seeking farmers who are passionate about agriculture and the environment and who are willing to represent and advocate for the agricultural community on their local area conservation authority board.

“Farmers, rural property owners and other members of the agricultural community have an interest in the health and sustainability of the resources that support the agricultural sector, and are the best stewards of our environment,” added David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “Their valuable perspectives will provide an important component to the work conservation authorities do to protect Ontario’s land and water.”

The majority of OFA’s 38,000 farm family members live and farm under one or more of the Conservation Authorities.

As people who work the land, farmers are able to provide a unique perspective on mandatory core programs and services Conservation Authorities are required to deliver, and non-mandatory programs and services Conservation Authorities deliver for municipalities.

“Nearly every director of the OFA is interested in serving o their local conservation authority board,” stated Brekveld. “Farmers are well-positioned to support smart watershed management practices and provide a perspective on the important relationship between the province’s natural areas and the land where we grow our food, fuel, fibre and flowers.

“Thank you to the Ministry and Minister David Piccini for working with us and understanding the importance of the voice of the farmer in the conservation and preservation of Ontario’s valuable natural areas.”

Postings for positions on the Conservation Authority boards are now live on the government’s website. They can be accessed at, with applications received until February 18, 2022.

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